Arnold Peralta (white jersey) lost his race against fitness and was not included in Honduras' squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo: Mexsport)
MIAMI – Arnold Peralta was omitted from Honduras’ roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup due to a thigh injury that prevented him from proving his fitness and kept him out of recent friendlies against Turkey and Israel.
The Rangers FC midfielder has been replaced by Real España’s Edder Delgado.
"It is very sad what has happened and clearly the group has suffered,” said Honduras captain and goalkeeper Noel Valladares. “There are no words of comfort for a friend who has struggled for something and then sees his objective fall to pieces. We give him our full support."
Peralta made 26 appearances in all competitions last season with Rangers, which won the Scottish League one title and went unbeaten league play for the first time in 115 years. The 25-year-old is expected to be ready when the team reports back for preseason camp on June 25.
With Peralta’s participation in Brazil ruled out, Honduras head coach Luis Fernando Suarez turned to Delgado, who played in two World Cup matches during CONCACAF qualifying. The midfielder, 27, captured the 2013 Honduran Apertura title with Real España and has two career CONCACAF Champions League goals.